Drones are having a huge impact on the way many people work, one area that is growing really fast is real estate photography. A few years back, there were just a few drones that were suitable for this type of job, but now, there are plenty of options.

Not only you will be able to capture some truly high-resolution images but with modern drones, you will also be able to provide your clients with amazing videos of the property and its surrounding.

Something to remember before you purchase any kind of drone for commercial use and that is you will need to register it get permission to fly the drone. There are certain requirements you will have to meet before you can actually start to offer your drone photography/videography services. Each country has its own rules and regulations, so before you commit to any kind of job, make sure you familiarise yourself with your local rules and regulations so that you comply with the law and minimise the legal and financial risk to your company.

For those living in the UK check out the CAA website for more information and those living in the US, the FAA website will provide you with more details about flying a drone for commercial reasons.

So, if you are a professional photographer looking to expand your services to the real estate niche, the following are some of the best drones for photography.

All of these drones come with options to purchase them with additional accessories like ND filters, extra batteries, carry case, memory cards etc. Things you will need to provide a professional drone photography service.

10 Best Drones For Real Estate Photography

#1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

My personal favourite is the Mavic 2 Pro, this is an amazing drone that is very compact thanks to its foldable design and comes with a lot of advanced features. It carries a camera that is engineered by Swedish camera manufacturers Hasselblad and comes with their innovative natural colour selection technology. With its 1-inch sensor and 10-bit colour profile, you will be able to capture videos and images with little loss in detail. The camera records in true 4k and shoots images in 20MP and comes with an adjustable aperture.

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps video resolution
  • 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • 20MP still images
  • HNCS technology
  • 10-bit colour profile
  • HDR support for videos and images
  • Adjustable aperture
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • Obstacle avoidance system
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology

#2. Autel Evo 2 Pro

Although DJI dominates the drone photography scene, Autel have some legitimate alternatives and the Evo 2 Pro is their best. It comes with a nice compact foldable structure, has a robust build that allows it to be flown in windy conditions and comes a leading flight time of 40 minutes. The drone is installed with an HD camera that has a 1-inch CMOS sensor from Sony and can record video footage in 6k resolution at 60fps and captures still images in 20MP.

Key Features

  • 6k/30fps camera
  • 20MP still images
  • 1-inch sensor
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • 10-bit colour profile
  • Lossless zoom technology
  • HDR support
  • 120Mbps
  • 40 minutes of flight time
  • 360° obstacle avoidance system

#3. DJI Inspire 2

If you are an experienced drone pilot and have a huge budget to invest, the DJI Inspire 2 may be an option. This is a very powerful drone but also a very large and heavy drone and may not be suitable for some people. You can attach a variety of professional cameras, the standard version comes with the Zenmuse X5S which is capable of recording in 6k CinemaDNG/RAW and 5.2k Apple ProRes. It captures images in 20.8Mp, supports zoom lenses and is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal that can pan 320°, allowing you to capture stunning panorama photography.

Key Features

  • 5.2k/30fps (CinemaDNG/ Apple ProRes)
  • 4/3” Sensor
  • 20.8MP
  • 12.8 stops
  • Mechanical gimbal
  • Compatible with multiple Zenmuse cameras
  • 2-way Obstacle avoidance system
  • 27 minutes of flight time
  • Dual battery compartment
  • Lightbridge transmission technology

#4. DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2

This is the only Phantom drone that is still in production, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro remains one of the best drones for photography with its 1-inch CMOS sensor that captures images in 20MP and records video footage in true 4k resolution. The camera is stabilised by a mechanical gimbal for smooth distortion-free images and comes with HDR support. The Phantom 4 Pro also comes with omnidirectional obstacle avoidance system and has multiple intelligent flight modes.

Key Features

  • 4k/60fps camera
  • 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • 20MP still images
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • D-log colour profile for HDR
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission
  • Obstacle avoidance technology
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 10km range

#5. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Although the camera on the Mavic 2 Zoom is not as good as the Pro version, it still is more than good enough for professional drone photography. The Mavic 2 Zoom sports a 1/2.3-inch sensor that captures photos in 12MP and can shoot amazing panorama photography in 48MP by stitching together multiple images in quick succession. It comes with lossless zoom technology, allowing you to capture amazing close -up images without losing quality. The drone comes with most of DJI’s innovative technology like obstacle avoidance system, smart flight modes and OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology.

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps
  • 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images
  • 48 super-resolution panorama photography
  • Lossless zoom
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 100Mbps
  • HDR support
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • 10km range

#6. Autel Evo 2

The is the worlds first drone that records video footage in 8k resolution and captures images in 48MP. The camera has a 1/2” sensor, comes with an f/1.8 fixed aperture and supports HDR video and images thanks to its 10-bit log colour profile. It’s a robust foldable drone that can be flown in windy conditions and comes with obstacle avoidance technology, intelligent flight modes and 40 minutes of flight time. You also don’t need a smartphone to preview photos/videos and for FPV because the remote controller has a nice integrated OLED screen for this purpose.

Key Features

  • 1/2″ CMOS sensor
  • 8k/25fps & 6k/30fps
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • HDR videos & images
  • 10-bit log colour profile
  • 4* lossless zoom
  • 8K hyperlapse videos
  • 40 minutes of flight time
  • Obstacle avoidance technology

#7. DJI Mavic Air 2

The Air 2 may be the best value for money drone on this list, it comes with most of DJI’s signature features but costs under $1000. The camera comes with a 1/2″ sensor that can shoot images in 12MP and panorama photos in 48MP. It has a feature called SmartPhoto that will allow you to capture stunning HDR images with little effort and a feature called quickshots through which you can record short cinematic videos totally hands-free. It has one of the best flight times for a DJI drone at 34 minutes and comes with a 3-way obstacle detection system. This is my favourite drone on this list because of its amazing features and reasonable price.

Key Features

  • 4k/60fps
  • 1/2-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images
  • 48MP panorama photography
  • HDR videos/photos
  • 6 quickshots
  • D-Cinelike colour profile
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 34 minutes of flight time
  • 10km range
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission range

#8. DJI Mavic Pro

This drone maybe a few years old, but it still remains very popular despite DJI stopping production of it a while back. The Mavic is the drone that made the foldable design so popular and saw a ton of cheap copycats. This is a fantastic drone that comes with smart features that were quite ground-breaking when it was released. Features like intelligent flight modes, automatic return to home and obstacle avoidance technology were very new and no other drone brands had them. Although not available directly through DJI, you can still get a good deal from third-party sellers on Amazon.

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps
  • 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • 27 minutes of flight time
  • 7km transmission range
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Front-facing obstacle avoidance system
  • OcuSync transmission technology

#9. Autel Evo

This was one of the first legitimate challengers to the popular Mavic Pro, although it didn’t prove to be as popular, the original Evo is a fantastic drone for aerial photography. In many aspects, it is technically a better drone than the Mavic Pro, the Evo comes with an HD camera with real glass optics which can capture 12MP still images, amazing HD panorama photography and record videos in 4k at 60fps. Autel have discontinued production of the drone but you can still purchase it from third-party sellers on Amazon.

Key Features

  • 1/2.8-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images
  • HDR support
  • 4k/60fps camera
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 3-way obstacle avoidance technology
  • Integrated OLED screen on the remote controller
  • Intelligent flight modes

#10. DJI Mini 2

This is the newest photography drone from DJI, and it is also the cheapest one on this list. This drone is so small you may even be able to take photos inside of a building. It’s the smallest and lightest drone that comes with a 4k camera and a 3-axis gimbal. It’s a great drone and perfect for those who may be on a tight budget, you will be able to capture some amazing professional-quality photos and videos and it comes with DJI’s quickshot feature which will allow you to record short cinematic videos on auto-pilot.

Key Features

  • 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 12MP still images (RAW&JPEG)
  • 3-axis motorised gimbal
  • 4k/30fps camera
  • 4*digital zoom
  • 100Mbps
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • 5 quickshots for easy cinematic videos
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology
  • 10km range
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